Project scientist position in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry
UCLA Semel Institute For Neuroscience and Human Behavior
January 2, 2018
Los Angeles, California
Full Time - Experienced
Academic / Research
A project scientist position is available in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior to study the neural phenotypes associated with perception, self-identity, emotion, and reward in transgender individuals and in psychiatric populations.
Our lab uses functional and structural neuroimaging and psychophysical experiments to understand psychiatric phenotypes across disorders of body image, the obsessive-compulsive spectrum, and gender dysphoria. This position regards an NIH-funded study aiming at understanding the neurobiology of gender dysphoria. The study is carried out in collaboration with the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and involves several visits to Stockholm per year for 1-3 weeks periods. We are also employing and developing novel multimodal imaging techniques using advanced computational modeling. UCLA has a wealth of neuroimaging and clinical resources, as well as support for career development, as does the Karolinska Institute. You will be joining a productive and collaborative group that utilizes advanced neuroimaging techniques yet is also grounded in a strong clinical understanding of phenomenology of psychiatric and other populations.
Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. (post-residency) in neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, engineering, biostatistics, physics, psychology, or related field. We are looking for candidates with experience in the design and analysis of fMRI data – including statistical analysis software such as FSL, SPM, or others – and interest in advanced computational modeling. The successful applicant will be able to function independently, work on more than one project at a time in a team setting, and lead and mentor students and research assistants. The successful applicant will also have excellent computing and programming skills (Matlab, Python, shell scripting), verbal and written English skills, and an aptitude for writing manuscripts and grant applications.